We sued so many people . . .
Lance Armstrong represents everything that’s wrong with society today. He lied his way to the top, he collected hundreds of millions of dollars by cheating, he bullied and threatened anyone who got in his way, and now in a “confession” to Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to doping with EPO, testosterone and blood transfusions during ALL his Tour de France races.
“I was a bully” Armstrong now says.
And when Winfrey asked him if he sued one particular whistleblower who tried to go public with Armstrong’s criminal doping behavior, Armstrong’s answer was, “To be honest, we sued so many people.”
Yeah, as in too many victims to even count or remember– a person who doesn’t mind how many other people you have to hurt, threaten, lie to or betray as long as YOU are climbing to the top! (Source)
So, Why Did Lance Armstrong Suddenly Take All the Blame?
Why now you ask?
Perhaps the US Federal investigation was getting close to exposing the man who bankrolled Lance Armstrong’s drug habits? Perhaps Lance Armstrong’s sudden confession was necessary to distract attention away from the real drug kingpin, the one operating behind the scenes.
Meet Thom Weisel, owner of the holding company, Tailwind, which financed and managed Lance Armstrong’s cycling team.
Lance Armstrong’s “no-holds-barred” interview with Oprah Winfrey . . . comes as a federal probe into his finances has widened to focus on the man who bankrolled his champion teams: legendary San Francisco financier Thomas Weisel. Documents unsealed on Dec. 12 in a federal court in Washington reveal that government investigators pursuing possible fraud claims against Armstrong have also subpoenaed Weisel, founder of the Montgomery Securities investment bank and co-chairman of Stifel Financial. (Source: Business Week)
The potential $120 million fraud case that Thom Weisel faces:
The U.S. Postal Service paid out $40 million in federal funds to sponsor the team [which] promised in its contracts not to tolerate doping. The Major Fraud Investigations Division of the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General is trying to determine if Armstrong and others defrauded the government by violating that no-doping clause . . . By law, companies that submit false claims to the government can be fined triple damages—as much as $120 million in the Tailwind case. (Source: Business Week)
Lol! $120 million? That’s real money, even to guys who might think they’re above the law. Especially if they’re in a business where people entrust their money to them. Hmmmmmm, Thom Weisel runs several investment firms. If his investors were to think he’s a fraud, they might not trust their money to him or his firms. Can’t have that!
As the Business Week article points out, Thom Weisel doesn’t like to lose–at anything. Tyler Hamilton, another star cyclist on Thom Weisel’s cycling team, in his recent book, The Secret Race, recalled:
Weisel in those years as “almost another coach”—hard driving, intense, deeply committed. “For him, life was a race, and it was won by the toughest, the strongest, the guy who could do what it takes.”
Was Lance ordered to take the blame to divert attention from his boss?
“Go Texas!” Right?
Doubtful . . .
Clearly, based on Lance Armstrong’s previous
sociopathic lies denials, Lance had no incentive to suddenly “tell the truth”:
- “Luke’s name is Armstrong and people know that name, and when he goes to school I don’t want them to say, ‘Oh yeah, your dad’s the big fake, the doper.’ That would just kill me,” – in his second autobiography, “Every Second Counts,” in 2003.
- “I came out of a life-threatening disease. I was on my death bed. You think I’m going to come back into a sport and say, ‘OK, OK doctor, give me everything you’ve got, I just want to go fast?’ No way! I would never do that,” – public forum, Aspen, Colo., 2007.
- “How many times do I have to say it? … Well, if it can’t be any clearer than ‘I’ve never taken drugs,’” – videotaped testimony in lawsuit, 2005.
- “I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles,” – 2005 Tour de France victory speech, taking aim at “the cynics and the skeptics.”
- “There are no secrets. This is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it,” – same speech.
- “Everybody wants to know: what am I on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day,” – commercial for Nike in 2001.
- “We’re sick and tired of these allegations and we’re going to do everything we can to fight them. They’re absolutely untrue” – news conference, 2004.
- “They say, ‘This is a new guy in the Tour. It can’t be. He must be doped.’ It’s unfortunate,” – TV interview on the way to winning his first Tour, in 1999.
- “You are not worth the chair that you’re sitting on,” – at journalist and doping critic Paul Kimmage, at 2009 news conference.
- “Do we make mistakes, all of us? Absolutely. As a society, are we supposed to forgive and forget and let people get back to their job? Absolutely,” – same news conference, arguing that dopers should get a second chance.
- “At the end of the day, I have nothing to hide,” – Associated Press interview, 2009.
- “I have never doped” – on ‘Larry King Live,’ 2005.
- Lie, spin, repeat: Armstrong admits drug use ‘too late’ (cnn.com)
- Police on Steroids (possibly 1 in 4)–rampant steroid drug abuse by police linked to ‘roid rage, epidemic police brutality, and excessive use of force
- Now Lance Armstrong Might Rat Out Banking Legend Thomas Weisel (businessinsider.com)
- Will Thomas Weisel, Who Owns Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Team, Get Charged with Fraud? (businessweek.com)